On June 15, 2023, Martha Makropoulos, a beacon of strength and love, passed away, leaving behind a life marked by endurance, love, and legacy. Her life’s journey was a rich tapestry of remarkable stories and cherished memories.
Martha’s tale began on August 19, 1925, in the tranquil town of Simi, Greece. Born to Yiorgos and Haritomenee Volonakis, she was the gem in her parents’ eyes. The values instilled in her during these early years would shape her life and those around her.
A new chapter of her life began on July 20, 1945, when she married Petros Makropoulos. Their union marked the beginning of a shared journey filled with love and companionship, transcending the barriers of time and space.
Martha and Petros became proud parents to six wonderful children. Their children Sultana, George, Tina, Theodora, Zoi, and Smaro were a testament to their love. But isn’t it true that love multiplies when shared? With time, the Makropoulos family tree branched out, adding 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Martha’s niece, Eleni Skiba, also held a special place in her heart. Martha’s family was her universe, her sanctuary of love, where three generations thrived on the warmth of her affection.
In 1970, Martha and her family embarked on an overseas journey to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This transition was a giant leap, navigating an unfamiliar culture while preserving her Greek roots.
Martha was more than just a homemaker; she was a hard worker. Her dedication led her to serve at the Nazareth Hospital for 25 years, becoming an invaluable part of the community.
Upon retirement, Martha found joy in exploring the world. She took seven cruises, including a remarkable cross-Atlantic journey from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Rhodes, Greece. It was her way of creating beautiful memories, one port at a time.
In 2011, Metropolitan Evangelos honored Martha for her contributions to the philanthropic ministry of the Greek Orthodox Community. She was a symbol of selfless service and devotion, an example for many to follow.
Martha had an innate talent for storytelling. Over a cup of coffee with koulouria, she could weave tales that captivated her audience. Each story was a part of her life’s journey, imprinted in the heart of every listener.
Martha also had a knack for crocheting and needlepoint. Each of her great-grandchildren received a blanket, a symbol of her love and warmth. She left behind beautiful needlepoint tablecloths and napkins, mementos of her artistic touch.
The final goodbye to Martha will be at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The viewing is at 10 am, followed by the service at 11 am. All are welcome to pay their respects to this remarkable woman.